Arthur Miller: All My Sons

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All My Sons opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 328 performances, receiving the Tony Awards for Best Play and for Best Director of a Play (Elia Kazan) the same year. According to author Arthur Miller, it was his final attempt at attaining success as a dramatist, and he vowed to find some other kind of work if this drama failed. Based on a real-life occurrence in Ohio where a woman informed on her father who had sold faulty parts to the military, the play also evidences the influence of Scandinavian playwright Henrik Ibsen, whose play The Wild Duck also examined the dilemma of two partners in business where one individual is forced to take moral responsibility and one character's idealism is the central problem …

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Citation:
Meyer, Michael J.. "All My Sons". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 February 2009
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